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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Baby P: What happened after the trial

The name of Baby P has never been far from the headlines since the end of the Old Bailey case.

November 11 2008 - Baby P's mother, her boyfriend and house guest Jason Owen are cleared of murder. She pleads guilty and they are found guilty of causing or allowing his death.

November 12 - Children's Secretary Ed Balls orders an urgent review of Haringey Council's children's welfare services.

November 14 - It emerges that a whistleblower wrote to the Government six months before Baby P's death warning of concerns about child protection services in Haringey.

Ministers did not investigate further, saying it was a matter for the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI).

November 21 - The General Medical Council suspends Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat's registration as a doctor.

November 26 - A petition organised by the Sun newspaper and signed by 1.1 million people calls for all the social workers involved in the case to be sacked, and is delivered to the Prime Minister.

December 1 - Inspectors deliver a damning report on Haringey children's services to Mr Balls, who describes their findings as "devastating".

Haringey Council's leader, George Meehan, and cabinet member for children and young people, Liz Santry, resign.

Mr Balls removes Sharon Shoesmith as the local authority's director of children's services, but she remains suspended on full pay.

December 8 - Ms Shoesmith is sacked by a panel of councillors with immediate effect and told she will not receive any compensation.

December 12 - Peter Lewis moves from Enfield Council in north London to take over as Haringey's director of children's services.

2009

January 6 - It emerges that Ms Shoesmith is appealing against her dismissal and could be in line for a payout of up to £173,000 if she can show the council was wrong to sack her.

January 12 - A panel of Haringey councillors rejects Ms Shoesmith's appeal.

January 26 - The Government appoints a social work taskforce to carry out a comprehensive review of social services in England.

February 6 - In her first interviews since being sacked, Ms Shoesmith condemns the political handling of the Baby P case as "breathtakingly reckless" and admits she contemplated suicide.

February 17 - The General Medical Council suspends from practice family GP Dr Jerome Ikwueke, who twice referred Baby P to hospital specialists after becoming concerned about suspicious marks on his face and body.

March 6 - Ms Shoesmith lodges an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal against Haringey Council and launches an application for judicial review against the council, Mr Balls and Ofsted.

March 12 - A review of child protection in England, commissioned after Baby P's death and led by Lord Laming, finds that too many authorities have failed to adopt reforms introduced following the 2000 Victoria Climbie tragedy.

April 30 - Haringey sacks for key social workers. Deputy director of children and families Cecilia Hitchen was dismissed for loss of trust and confidence following a damning Ofsted report. Social worker Maria Ward, team manager Gillie Christou and head of safeguarding services Clive Preece, for gross misconduct.

May 1 - Baby P's "stepfather" is found guilty at the Old Bailey of raping a two-year-old girl on Haringey Council's at-risk register. The mother of Baby P, who can now be referred to as Peter, is cleared of cruelty to the girl.

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